Arnica has been used widely since the 1500's to heal sore muscles, bruises and cuts. As with most true medicine, it is toxic in large amounts but when used topically, can improve conditions drastically within a matter of hours or days. The flower is also used after wisdom teeth removal and for insect bites.
Riverdance is now providing massage bars with Arnica oil in them, see our store for ordering as well as info about our coconut and cucumber-mint massage bars.
For more information about Arnica specifically, see this empirically based article by: WebMD.
We all want to grow wiser and more clear on our paths of life, but few of us want to show the signs of that growth. We can preserve our skin so it stays happy an healthy for years to come by introducing Sage into our weekly or daily routines.
The antioxidants in sage reverse the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. These antioxidants provide protection against free radicals that damage skin cells, causing premature ageing of the skin. This herb is loaded with calcium and vitamin A, which protect your skin against the assault of free radicals and aid in daily cell regeneration, minimizing and delaying the onset of facial wrinkles.
Sage oil also benefits as a great toner by regulating sebum production in oily complexion. You can prepare a home-made toner by boiling a spoonful of sage in about 250 ml water. Steep for 30 minutes and strain the concoction. Dab it on your face after cooling.
The antibacterial properties of this amazing herb prevent the occurrence of skin infections. It also possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which help cure acne as well as relieve the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
You can find sage in one of my favorite RDS products-Rosemary Scrubby, as well as shredded loofah to help your skin integrate the nourishment and wisdom it deserves. Thanks for reading!
Most people wouldn’t choose “healthy” as a word to describe cocoa butter. More likely, they would go with something like, “delicious,” or “flavorful.” In actuality however, cocoa butter serves a number of purposes – several of those, being beneficial to our health.
Cocoa butter, also known as cacao butter, is expeller pressed from the roasted seeds of the cacao tree, a native of Africa. For centuries, cocoa has been used as both a component in food and a moisturizer for the body. Today, you can find cocoa butter in a number of products as an ingredient added for its moisturizing abilities.
As a stand-alone ingredient, cocoa butter is a solid fat, hard at room temperature but melts upon contact with the skin. One of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats, cocoa butter absorbs quickly into the skin, making it an ideal moisturizing component. Cocoa butter also lays down a protective barrier on the skin, which guards against the skin losing moisture. Products that contain cocoa butter are commonly used to improve skin elasticity, reduce dryness and treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Pregnant women are often advised to use cocoa butter frequently as a way to prevent and treat stretch marks.
Aside from its skin care benefits cocoa butter may also serve our bodies on a deeper level. Recent research suggests that when used topically, it may act as a stress reliever and immune system booster. Cocoa butter contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is especially rich in vitamin E. Another substance found in cocoa butter, cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP) has been said to protect against symptoms of dermatitis and asthma by inhibiting the production of immunoglobulin E – a catalyst to symptoms of both conditions. There is also evidence that CMP may help prevent heart disease and symptoms of arthritis, which is why cocoa butter is often used in aromatherapy massage.
Natural cocoa butter has a warm, chocolaty scent. For those whom don’t care for the chocolate scent to come through in their products, refined cocoa butter is available. Refined cocoa butter is a lighter shade, almost an off-white or tan color with no scent.
One of several topically influential butters, cocoa can improve overall health and well-being when used as an ingredient in a daily moisturizer or other body care product. It is important to remember that upkeep of the entire body is essential, as each and every part works together in so many ways. Find your delicious daily dose of cocoa butter in the Riverdance store in The Other Walking Stick
and in our all natural, aluminum free Deodorant collection to enjoy the many benefits.